Actress Taapsee Pannu says she opted to narrate the screenplay of Looop Lapeta, the Hindi remake of the 1998 German film Run Lola Run, intending to turn it down, but was attracted to the character central.
The upcoming Hindi thriller, directed by Aakash Bhatia, follows an adventurous journey into a sticky situation where a girlfriend (Pannu) is on a mission to rescue her boyfriend (Tahir Raj Bhasin). In the film, the character of Pannu is stuck in a time loop and has several chances to save Bhasin’s life.
“I said yes (Looop Lapeta) instantly because it was so funny. Today it feels like this concept was made for India more than the German classic it was. So , I ended up saying yes. The movie is a messy take on new age romance, a genre I’m exploring for the first time,” the actor told PTI in a Zoom interview.
Taapsee said his initial hesitation with the film had to do with the fact that his 2019 film Game Over had already used the time loop concept.
“I had done a movie called ‘Game Over’, which had something similar. I didn’t want to repeat a concept in another movie so I went in with the intention of saying no. I told the producer Atul (Kasbekar) that I hadn’t seen the original movie but I knew the story and the basic concept. But he told me to listen to (the script). And if it still seems similar and if I don’t want to do it, so that’s fine.The film, however, offered him the chance to experience and explore the same world with varying shades, which the actor found exciting.
“It was exciting to explore how, in the same situation and the same problem, I can manage and react in different ways at three different times. Like, a section of the race can be different in three different loops. “actor, I loved it and I was exhausted too but I was standing on my toes. I had to go through the same set of hurdles but in a different mood. It was an interesting exercise to do.” actress said she was amazed by the massive success of Run Lola Run, directed by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, in 1998 and hopes Looop Lapeta will be able to recreate that too.
“How far ahead of its time must it have been to release this film in 1998 and what kind of conviction would it have taken for the directors to attempt this in 1998,” she wondered.
Taapsee Pannu, who emerged from the back-to-back success of Rashmi Rocket and Haseen Dilruba on OTT platforms, said she is now in a better position to choose films.
“Things have changed for good in terms of options and choices that I now have to choose from. This is happening because my films are accepted. Like, if my only ready-made film is accepted, then I I have ten options and that’s what happened with Haseen Dilruba and Rashmi Rocket,” Pannu added.
The public’s acceptance of her films, the actor said, only validates her and pushes her to believe more in her choices.
“When my films are accepted, it validates my choices. And I made a career out of choices. People know me for my picks. Also, I have more courage to choose such unconventional topics and movies in the future,” she added.
In one of her recent Instagram posts, Pannu said she was running behind some films and some had luckily fallen in her lap, with her upcoming release Looop Lapeta being her latest.
“I don’t run after movies anymore. Maybe I run behind the filmmakers now, if not the movies. I always do it because there is no one else who is going to do this job for me. I’m here on my own, so I have to do it myself,” the actor said.
Taapsee Pannu, who launched his production house Outsider Films last year, is also in talks for a project with actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu.
“There’s something I proposed to Samantha where I’m a producer and she’s an actress. But nothing more substantial happened,” she said.
Looop Lapeta, also starring Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Shreya Dhanwanthary among others, will be released on Netflix on February 4. It is produced by Sony Pictures Films India, Ellipsis Entertainment starring Aayush Maheshwari.